Sign up now for Historic Scotland apprenticeship

apprentices who want to work for Historic Scotland have until this Friday to sign up for extra places.

Historic Scotland have launched a campaign to recruit 30 additional apprentices in traditional building skills - stonemasonry, joinery and painting - crucial to Scotland’s construction industry. Apprenticeships are based across Scotland, and in Edinburgh and the Lothians there is an opening at Edinburgh Castle and Blackness Castle.

Ms Hyslop said: “Historic Scotland will be one of the biggest recruiters of construction craft apprentices in Scotland and will be looking for 30 additional apprentices over the next three years. The first ten will be recruited by early next year. This is in addition to the three or four apprentices already recruited each year by the organisation.

“Traditional building skills are at the heart of Scotland’s construction industry and help to boost economic growth. Currently Scotland’s historic environment contributes more than £2.3 billion to the economy and supports more than 20,000 employees in the construction industry.”

The new apprentices will experience a mixture of on the ground and college based training at the agency’s leading UK facility at Elgin and at the recently announced National Conservation Centre in Stirling. The new centre, supported by the Young Scots Fund, will allow Historic Scotland to develop world class training as well as offering support to other colleges. The apprenticeships will take place over a four year period after which time they will be qualified in their individual discipline.

David Mitchell, director of conservation for Historic Scotland, said: “This is a hugely exciting time for the sector as increased knowledge unlocks the potential of our traditional buildings to deliver very real tangible benefits in areas such as energy efficiency and sustainability. This places even greater emphasis on traditional skills in maintaining these buildings, a sector which continues to remain sound in the face of economic challenges.”

Applications are open until Friday, November 18. For more information visit